New Year’s resolutions

This year Christmas seems to have come early. It may be the pandemic, but at the end of September, and I am not exaggerating, already some stores have started selling decorations. And there seem to be people who have already put up Christmas trees. Caught on TikTok.

I, too, am riding this red, white and glittery wave and getting pen and paper ready. For what? But for resolutions, right?

At the end of the year, I always said, “I need to make my list of New Year’s resolutions.” With pen and paper in hand, I would list all the goals I set to achieve in the new year. I never accomplished any of them! They were things like: I must eat better, I must travel more, I must earn more, I must go to the gym. Later I discovered that even if these goals are not achieved, that’s okay. They are good for the mind and teach us to be resilient.

So yes, New Year’s resolutions work, even if you don’t stick to all of them. As the saying goes, “if you aim at nothing, you hit nothing.” Goal setting tends to help you gain momentum and keep you more focused on pursuing personal growth.

Achieving my goals or not, I thought, what if I made myself a daily planner? Taking note of what I do on a daily basis, maybe at first it may seem like nothing gets done, but at the end of the day seeing that what we set the day before has been done is a super motivating thing.

To honour this annual tradition I have created two daily planners, in digital version. You can find them here with all the information on how to get them.

Daily Planner by Lady Marie Agency
Daily Planner by Lady Marie Agency

What are New Year’s resolutions?

New Year’s resolutions are the intentions or goals that are set in December as a greeting to the old year. Old habits are left behind and we look at the coming year as a new beginning that gives each person the opportunity to redetermine how we want things to move forward. 

Resolutions are different form to-do list, although many people believe that the New Year is the ideal time to tackle unfinished business. Rather, they are a to-do list about self-improvement and personal growth.

A bit of history*

Promises are probably one of the oldest traditions in existence. In ancient times, vows were made at the beginning of each year to the gods to return borrowed items and to pay off debts.

  • The ancient Romans began each year by making promises to the god Janus, after whom the month of January is named.
  • In the Middle Ages, knights made the “peacock vow” each year at the end of the Christmas season to reaffirm their chivalric commitment.
  • In Methodist Christianity, the liturgy used for the vigil service for the New Year is the Covenant Renewal Service; in addition to traditionally being held on New Year’s Eve, many churches offer the Covenant Renewal Service on both New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day morning. *(Source Wikipedia)

Did you know that …

Did you know that each year more than half of Americans set goals related to weight loss or eating habits.  Another group focused on personal objectives, such as renovating their home, spending more time with loved ones or reducing their use of social media. (Source: survey conducted by Statista.)

Different targets same characteristic and that is that they all have one thing in common: having something personal.

This helps us stay focused on our goal and not get lost along the way, also considering that the year is long.

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